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French foie gras makers fed up by toughened California ban

MONTAUT, France (Reuters) – French producers of foie gras, the rich liver delicacy made from force-feeding grain to ducks or geese, have denounced a ban on the product in California, saying they make the creamy paté humanely, following all the rules. California has formally blocked the sale and production of foie gras (literally “fat liver”) since 2012. That ban has now been reinforced after the U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear an appeal brought by farmers and chefs. Violators will be fined up to $1,000 if caught selling…

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Pets, owners flock to Madrid church for blessing of animals

MADRID (Reuters) – Dogs, cats and birds were blessed at a church in Madrid on Thursday on the feast day of St. Anthony, the patron saint of animals, with many of the owners making an annual pilgrimage for their pets. St Anthony the Abbot’s church priest Angel Garcia expected up to 15,000 pets to be brought in for this year’s ceremony. “St. Anthony cared a great deal about dogs and abandoned animals, healing and feeding them. That’s where the tradition comes from,” said the priest, who blesses each animal. “We…

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Vuitton stages New York thriller for Jackson-inspired menswear

Models present creations by designer Virgil Abloh as part of his Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection show for fashion house Louis Vuitton during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, France, January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS (Reuters) – Louis Vuitton recreated a nocturnal New York cityscape to present designer Virgil Abloh’s latest Michael Jackson-inspired collection in Paris on Thursday. Parent group LVMH spared no expense to promote the brand at a time when menswear is on the up, constructing a set complete with steam rising from manholes. Celebrities including Naomi Campbell looked on,…

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Luxury leader LVMH planning fashion brand with Rihanna: report

FILE PHOTO: Cast member Rihanna poses for pictures on the red carpet for the European premiere of Ocean’s 8 in London, Britain June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – Louis Vuitton parent owner LVMH is developing a luxury brand with singer Rihanna, in a rare move by the acquisitive group towards building a new fashion label from scratch, industry news site WWD reported on Wednesday. Paris-based LVMH – also the owner of Christian Dior and Givenchy, among a host of other luxury brands also spanning champagne and cosmetics…

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Millions expected to throng Indian city for world’s largest religious festival

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – Pilgrims from across the world are gathering in India for the Kumbh Mela, a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism that begins on Tuesday, garnering extra attention ahead of a general election in the Hindu-majority country this year. A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man looks on during a religious procession ahead of the “Kumbh Mela”, or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh,…

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Face value: One-time Afghan wedding singer a ringer for Canada’s Trudeau

Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are seen in this combination photo. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/Chris Wattie KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show. The 28-year-old first caught the attention of fans when he traveled to the capital, Kabul, to appear on “Afghan Star”, a televised musical competition that draws contestants from around the South Asian nation. “People are…

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Netflix, local rival Hotstar to censor content in India – sources

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Netflix Inc and home-grown rival Hotstar plan to adopt self-regulation guidelines for content streamed on their platforms in India in an effort to prevent potential government censorship, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Netflix logo is seen on their office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson India has film and TV certification bodies that moderate public content but the country’s laws currently do not mandate any censorship of content on online streaming platforms. But global video streaming…

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Pregnant Meghan laughs off ‘fat lady’ comment on charity visit

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets “Foxy” during a visit to the animal welfare charity Mayhew in London, Britain, January 16, 2019. Eddie Mulholland/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – A stranger’s comment on one’s growing stomach may not always be welcome but a pregnant Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, took it all in her stride on Wednesday when a pensioner called her “a fat lady”. Prince Harry’s wife, who told well-wishers this week she is six months pregnant, laughed off the remark, meant as a compliment about her growing baby bump.…

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Braille technology firm builds ‘Kindle for the blind’

LONDON (Reuters) – A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes. Since it was developed by Louis Braille in the 19th Century, the alphabet of raised dots has brought the joy of reading to millions of blind and partially-sighted people. But in its printed form it’s not exactly convenient or portable: A Braille copy of the Bible can take up about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of shelf space.…

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Hindu ascetics lead millions of Indians in holy bath, but politics weigh

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) – Millions of pilgrims began bathing on the first official day of India’s Kumbh Mela on Tuesday, the world’s largest religious festival where politics play an important role ahead of a general election later this year. Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men take a dip during the first “Shahi Snan” (grand bath) at “Kumbh Mela” or the Pitcher Festival, in Prayagraj, previously known as Allahabad, India, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, up to 150…

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